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Hydro-Stick Tutorial


Hydro-Stick was developed for embroidery applications that have been too difficult with traditional hooping. Now you can embroider irregular shaped articles, slippery fabrics and eliminate hoop burns. Hydro-Stick allows you to adhere and secure articles without having to hoop them. Great on velvets, napped materials, silks, knits, vinyl, leather and any material requiring a better hold.


  1. Cut Hydro-Stick larger than the size of the hoop to be used, then hoop the backing only. (Adhesive side up)
  2. Activate the adhesive surface with water by using a light spray mist from a water bottle or a damp sponge. Be sure that the surface is evenly moistened.
  3. Position article on tacky surface, flattening out all wrinkles with a slightly firm touch. Try to adhere as much of the surface as possible.
  4. Insert into machine, making sure area to be embroidered is free of wrinkles and loose fabric. If repositioning is required, lift and remoisten the surface.
  5. Embroider the item. When finished simply tear away the backing as you normally would, keeping in mind that there may be some resistance from the adhesive.


  1. Since this application requires a tubular machine please select a hoopless frame and size that will allow the item to slide under the arm of the machine.
  2. After choosing the proper size window, the Hydro-Stick must be cut to that size making sure that it does not extend past the edges of the window.
  3. Activate the adhesive surface with water by using a light spray mist from a water bottle or a damp sponge. Be sure that the surface is evenly moistened.
  4. Adhere the backing to the backside of the window. Insert frame on to the machine. For the initial loading of the garment place the pantograph far enough back so that the entire length of the frame is resting on the arm of the machine.
  5. Load article by sliding on to the frame and firmly adhering to the tacky surface. Please note that the clearance under the arm for the article to move freely may be tight depending on the size of the embroidery field and the window frame that is being used.
  6. Allow several seconds for the adhesive to set, then embroider the item.
  7. When finished, remove the frame from the machine and carefully tear away the backing from the garment as well as the frame. Any residue remaining on the frame can be removed with a simple wiping from a damp rag or sponge.

Hydro-Stick can also be used as a traditional tear-away on difficult materials such as soft or loose knits. Just activate adhesive, adhere to article, hoop as normal and tear away when finished, it's that easy.

Hydro-Stick is a completely safe product with no harmful chemicals. It is a completely water soluble adhesive for fast easy clean up. It won't 'gum' up needles or contaminate any moving parts on the machine.

Two major points

  1. You do not need a lot of water initially
    A damp sponge or rag will do
  2. Remember that it is a remoistenable adhesive and that water activates it.
    If you turn it over to the glue line where it touches the fabric
    and remoisten right there it will reactivate and release.



Hydro-Stick™ is completely safe, has no harmful chemicals, cleans up with ordinary water and does not gum up needles or contaminate machines.